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Belgian university with innovative and science-based system for scoring of biosecurity on farms, offers licences for this SaaS-based solution

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Virus, Virology/Antibiotics/Bacteriology
Data processing, analysis and input services
Animal health
Veterinary activities


A Belgian university has developed a unique risk-based scoring system to measure the level of biosecurity in pig, poultry and cattle farms. The system allows an easy and fast quantification of a farm’s biosecurity, which is key in animal disease prevention. Access to the system, marketed as a SaaS-based solution, can be offered through an application programming interface (API). They are looking for partners who can incorporate the scoring system in the services they provide to their clients.



Biosecurity is becoming increasingly important in sustainable livestock production. Higher biosecurity results in healthier animals, is key in preventing and reducing the spread of epidemics, and decreases the use of medication such as antimicrobials in livestock production.
A Belgian veterinary epidemiology research group, recognized as the leading centre of expertise on biosecurity practices in livestock production, has developed a scoring system. Through the use of this scoring system the level of farm biosecurity can be determined in a fast, objective and accurate manner. The data entered through the scoring system is stored in a secure central database, which allows for benchmarking with national and world averages. The scoring system is being continuously developed so that the biosecurity of each sector of livestock production can be quantified. Currently, the scoring system has been developed for the following sectors of livestock production:
• Pigs
• Cattle
o Veal calves
o Beef cattle
o Dairy cattle
• Poultry
o Broilers
o Laying hens
They are currently looking for international partners under licence agreements, who are interested in integrating the scoring algorithm in their data collection system.

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The scoring system uses a calculation algorithm which takes into account all important risk factors, their frequency of occurrence, and interactions. It has been developed through years of scientific research and has been used and validated successfully in multiple studies pertaining to biosecurity. The system is unique in its kind, it is the only system available that provides a risk-based quantitative evaluation of biosecurity at farm-level. The system is continuously improved to stay in line with the most recent scientific insights. It has one of the largest databases, increasing continuously in size and global coverage, with biosecurity practices around the world. It has gathered international recognition as one of the most user-friendly and advanced systems of its kind. The scoring system is already used worldwide. The average scores for the various parameters on which internal and external biosafety are scored do differ from country to country. Therefore, for each user, in addition to their own score, the average worldwide and in their own country / region are displayed as a benchmark for their own situation.

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Partner sought

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They are looking for international partners who can incorporate the scoring system in the service they provide to their clients. For instance (software) tools for guidance/management of livestock farms. Integration of the scoring system will be provided through an API. Said partners will be granted a license for access to the API. The Belgian team will provide know-how and the necessary technical support and documentation to integrate the scoring system. All future updates and changes will be quickly shared with the licencees. Licencees will also be able to use the national and world averages of biosecurity scores for benchmarking.

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SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500